Originally Posted by paulmacs
I'm really not sure how buying a Mini would help my cause any. Odd.
I wasn't being serious but I have to say that Mini have the idea of a fun exhaust note from a small capacity turbo nailed.
A work colleague and fellow car enthusiast and I have not only shared many of the same alfas in the past but we are still searching for the ultimate fun hot hatch and have been debating what constitutes a really fun modern car. He has a JCW mini now and me the QV. We are yet to go out for a drive yet in each others cars to compare but he has already been in a QV and I have driven a cooper s which I have to say was a lot of fun, especially with the exhaust splats on the over run.
His previous car was an audi s3 which he only had for 6 months and I had a chance to drive. Lovely car but we both agreed it was ultimately boring despite the acceleration times and failed the fun criteria.
Back on topic though, I think you need to enjoy the QV for it's own manic qualities and enjoy the subtle exhaust note which gets better over time. I am not convinced it is the right engine to pursue the exhaust note in this regard. Would love to be proved wrong of course..